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A week in the life of a Crane Operator

This has been a typical week for Carter Crane Hire: CPA contract lifts, standard CPA lifts, site visits with the larger cranes and smaller jobs using the HIAB.


Monday saw me complete the first part of a long-standing contract supporting the early stages of building a new hotel at Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs rugby club on the outskirts of Exeter. This is standard CPA hire job with just a crane and driver required.

Back to the office at the end of the day to work on Lift Plans for next week – as I am an Appointed Person as well as a Crane Operator, I can fulfil both roles, making Carters a cost-effective option.


On a site in Somerset I was lifting roof trusses on a new development of houses. As this was a CPA Contract Lift, Carter Crane Hire did a site visit in advance and then provided a full lift plan with method statement, risk assessment slinger/signaller as well as the crane and myself, its operator and Appointed Person. This is another client we work for regularly and we value the trust they place in our professional services.


Wednesday saw me in one of our large cranes on the coast on CPA Contract Hire, lifting roof trusses on a country barn conversion. This is typical of the sort of project we service for smaller local contractors where Carter’s supplies expertise that they would not normally have on the workforce. For single storey work we can often use the HIAB, which has a weight capacity of 3.25 tonnes. This can really keep the costs down, especially for self-builders or small contractors.

After dropping off the crane at the yard, I went to a site visit in Dorset on a tricky slope. I was able to discuss requirements with the site manager and assess any potential hazards as well as decide what grillage would be required in advance of creating a lift plan.


On our largest crane on Thursday for a CPA Contract Lift, placing two new mobile homes onto their prepared slabs at a holiday park in North Devon near the Somerset border. Few crane companies are willing to take on this type of work as it requires specialist beams to support the chassis of the mobile home, additional insurance cover and an experienced crane operator.

Carter Plant Hire does a lot of this type of work, mainly in the south of England and Wales, but we are always happy to travel for larger contracts.


Two jobs today – the first delivering a crane skip to a local site, then back to the yard to collect one of the large cranes and over to the River Exe to lift some yachts and small boats into the water on a CPA Contract Lift. This is always a good job for me, as the owners are friendly and take such an interest in the whole operation. As the Exe at this point is tidal, I have to work to a specific timeframe, hence the later start. In the end there were seven individual lifts, all went well and there were seven happy owners just itching to get out on the water. No doubt I will be back with them to lift the boats out at the end of the season.

Saturday morning

Just a small local job lifting a pizza oven into a back garden. The driveway wasn’t strong enough to support a large crane and the cost would have been prohibitive, so we were able to use our HIAB. All very straightforward and the customer is delighted – she even supplied lemon drizzle cake!

If you would like more information on the services provided by the Carter Group please contact us or telephone 01395 446 446.


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